Former Tennessee All-SEC linebacker reportedly dies at 37
A former Tennessee linebacker has reportedly passed away.
According to the San Jose Mercury-News, Parys Haralson, who played for the Vols from 2002-2005 and spent 9 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, died on Monday at the age of 37. The cause of death was unknown at the time of the report.
Haralson, a Mississippi native, was an All-SEC 2nd-team pick in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he amassed 7 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss. The following season, he recorded 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss, ranking 3rd and 4th in the conference in those categories, respectively.
He was drafted in the 5th round by the 49ers in 2006 and spent 7 seasons there. In 2008, he led the Niners with 8.0 sacks. Prior to the 2013 season, he was traded to the Saints.
Haralson rejoined the 49ers organization following his playing days, serving as their director of player engagement from 2016-2018.